I have recently been horse shopping again over the last couple months due to euthanizing my horse unexpectedly. Horses in MT have become somewhat expensive - compared to years past - and I have had conversations with many people and have noticed many differences on what people consider broke and what one expects to pay for them. Just curious what others think on the subject.
To me a “broke” horse ( not green or dead broke, just broke) is one that is good to handle on the ground, trailer, trim, tie etc and you can take out on the trail without any fuss. The horse will not be buddy/barn sour and bucking / bad spooks are unlikely. The horse will walk / trot / canter both directions and stand to be mounted. It will not necessarily have any training beyond that. I would expect to pay at least 5,000 for a 5 - 10 year old matching that description. More for more training / color / good breeding etc.
What do you consider broke and expect that horse to cost??